Board of Directors



Sally Zahner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Chair

Calstar Products
Columbus, Mississippi
  • LEED for Schools Advocate
  • Served as LEED Administrator on over a dozen LEED projects
 Jeff Laird


Jeff Laird, PE, LEED AP BD+C - Vice Chair

Structural Engineer & Principal
Laird + Smithers, Inc.
Jackson, Mississippi
  • Participated in several LEED Certified Projects as a Structural and Civil consultant.


Patricia Hughes, LEED AP - Treasurer, USGBC Southeast Representative

Business Development Manager
Eley Guild Hardy Architects 
Jackson, Mississippi
  • Started the South Branch of the MS USGBC Chapter


Hans Palacios - Secretary

Gulfport, Mississippi

Harry Lee James, PE

Executive Director Mississippi Concrete Industries Association
Canton, Mississippi
  • Registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor with more than 35 years of experience in transportation and engineering (public & private sectors)
  • Served as both Bridge Engineer and Deputy Executive Director/ Chief Engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation
  • Civil Engineer Graduate of Mississippi State University
  • Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton
  • Board of Directors Chairman of the First Presbyterian Kindergarten

Miranda Grieder - Green Schools Chair

Grieder Design Studio LLC
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Amanda Higbie - EP and Student Chair

Oxford Acoustics
Oxford, Mississippi

Jeff Seabold, LEED AP - USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, USGBC Southeast Associate Representative

Seabold Architectural Studio
Jackson, Mississippi






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